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Long Term Review Of Keeway RKS 125

Review Date December 2016

By Sharon Parker

Zen my little Chinese Keeway RKS 125 is now over 3 years old. Old enough to require an MOT which I am glad to report he passed with no problem. 

This little plucky bike now has over 23,000 miles on the clock. He has been up hills and down dales. He has been through the worse that winters can throw at him including all the rain and the dreaded salt. He has been to Scotland and even across the ocean (aboard a Ferry of course, he is good but not quite that good) to the Netherlands. 
He has been dropped more times than I care to remember and had his little engine revved to the max.

Sharon's Keeway in her back yard looking smart and cleanNew or old? 

So after all this how has he fared? Is the Keeway now just a small pile of rust that I keep in a vase in remembrance of fun days gone by? After all that was what I had be warned by the "Chinese is crap" brigade. You know the ones, those who have never actually owned a Chinese bike but like to churn out the same old things despite the fact that time and quality has moved on.
Ok maybe there are still some Chinese crap motorbikes out there? I am no expert, I can only tell you about my own personal experience with my own Keeway RKS 125.

I have had people say to me that my bike must be an exception. Yes he has been well looked after but from what I can tell most people with Keeways seem happy with them, so I think not. 

He has not been 100% trouble free but what bike is?  

He has had new chains and sprockets which it what you would expect. A new battery, again nothing unusual in that and he required new piston rings after burning a little oil. A new gasket has been installed along with various levers due to me throwing it on the floor and of course new tyres. Nothing outstanding in that lot, nothing to indicate that the Chinese manufactured Keeway is a pile of rubbish. Nearly all of the above is general wear and tear that you would expect from any make and model of bike. 

At this present moment he is still a joy to ride with no current problems. The fact I choose to keep him when I bought a bigger bike speaks volumes. As does the fact I still choose to ride him on occasions as well as my new bike. He still gives me so much joy and fun. 

So would I recommend the Keeway RKS 125cc ...YES. Would I say go and buy one...YES without a  moments hesitation.

He has been more than worth his £1500 price tag. I have said it before I cannot speak for other Chinese makes only the Keeway as this is only one I have personally owned but here in this bike lies the truth, that it is about time we accepted that Chinese bikes have come a long way in recent years and quality is most definitely on the up. 

And here he today....no rust bucket, no pile of junk, I think the pictures speak for themselves so I believe I have nothing else to add here on this update...hopefully this update is small but perfectly formed and up to the job...just like the Keeway RKS 125 is himself.  

Sharon's keeway rks 125 at a different angle
A close up of the clean and corrosion free motor
The clean and smart rear shock and exhaust on Sharon's bike
The clean smart and rust free rear end of the RKS

See also:-
Keeway RKS 125 Review 2013
Short Update Review On Keeway RKS 125cc - April 2014
Birthday Update on 2 year old Keeway RKS 125cc
Scotland, 1300 miles on a 125cc
The Netherlands 2016

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Reader's Comments

Ash said :-
I brought a keeway rks in August and I haven't been able to find or get into neutral. Has anyone had the same issues.
12/01/2017 22:53:38 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
I don't know the particular bike but that sort of problem is often caused by poor clutch adjustment. Your handbook should tell you how to do it.

Otherwise it may be clutch drag where the plates aren't separating properly or are sticking together - possibly caused by incorrect / old oil. If adjustment doesn't sort it out then it would be worth trying an oil change.

Have you had the bike from new? Did you buy it from a dealer? If the answer is Yes to either then I would be taking it back.
13/01/2017 10:41:32 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Yeah I think you're on the mark there Ian. Ash if the bike isn't under warranty and your unfamiliar with their workings you'll need the guidance of a mechanic or at least a mechanically minded friend.

When started out I was worse than clueless, I have moved up to "educated guessing" these days.
13/01/2017 17:38:08 UTC
Alan said :-
Has any one had a problem with the rkv 125 that kangaroos in every gear at 6rpm. I am now stuck on how to fix the issiue
27/07/2017 18:21:12 UTC
 

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